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Willowbrook Foods celebrates decade of growth

Ireland, salad, anniversary
18/05/2018 07:05
Ireland-based salad and prepared vegetables producer, Willowbrook Foods, has marked the tenth anniversary of its Innovation Centre in County Down, describing it as instrumental in helping the business grow by on average 18% year on year over the past decade.

The centre, at Willowbrook’s Killinchy headquarters, was designed in 2008 to be a hub for new product development, led by consumer trends and advances in technology so the company could meet bespoke orders for its customer base across the retail and foodservice sectors.

Managing director...


Tobacco Dock Food wins ‘Best Catering at a Venue’ at National Venue Awards

catering, awards, food
18/05/2018 07:05
Tobacco Dock’s in-house caterer and part of the Eventist Group, Tobacco Dock Food, has been named ‘Best Catering at a Venue’ at the inaugural National Venue Awards, held this month (11 May).

Hosted by the Global Conference Network, the National Venue Awards recognise and celebrate the excellence and exceptional quality of venues across the UK. 

Tobacco Dock Food was recognised for its creative and forward-thinking approach to event catering, with an intrinsic ability to...

Soil Association responds to DEFRA’s organic farming statistics

organic, farming, statistics
18/05/2018 07:05
The Soil Association has responded positively to DEFRA’s organic farming statistics for 2017, released this week.

The statistics show a growth in organic farmland, the first since 2008, and an increase of land in conversion for the third consecutive year.

Compared to last year, the land in conversion has risen by 29.4%, reflecting the increasing demand for organic products both in the UK and abroad...


FDF survey highlights increased demand for healthier food products

food, drink, federation
18/05/2018 07:05
The results from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Q1 2018 Business Confidence Survey show that there is now an increased demand for healthier food products.

Manufacturers identified this heightened demand as a key opportunity during the rest of the year.

FDF chief executive Ian Wright said this provided food and drink businesses with hope during times of Brexit. 

With almost half reporting an increase in volume sales in the UK in Q1,...

Student finalists announced for British Poultry Awards cook-off

British, Poultry, Awards
18/05/2018 07:05
A group of 12 catering students from UK colleges will be going head-to-head in the final of this year’s British Poultry Student Chef of the Year cook-off.

The event will take place at University College Birmingham on Thursday May 31.

UK catering colleges are invited to create a starter or main course dish using British turkey meat.

Clay Burrows, one of the judges and MD of Aviagen Turkeys, which is sponsoring the event, said: “We’re...

FM companies Atalian and Servest complete full merger

facilities, management, companies
17/05/2018 12:05
Following the creation of a joint venture in 2016, the two international facilities services companies, Atalian and Servest, have formally merged to create Atalian Servest, one of the world’s largest facilities management (FM) outsourcing companies.

The new organisation has a turnover of €3 billion, employing more than 125,000 people worldwide and operating in 33 countries across four continents.  

Servest is headquartered and operates in the UK, and Atalian, headquartered in France, operates in Europe, the US, south-east Asia and...

Catering company Elior reports 3.9% increase in H1 revenues

17/05/2018 08:05
Catering and foodservice company Elior Group has reported a 3.9% increase in total revenues for the first six months ended 31 March this year.

EBITDA of the restaurant chain declined to €231m, representing 6.9% of the revenue, for the six-month period, whereas organic revenues increased by 2.9%.

The catering company has experienced a decline in margins for contract catering in France and noted that the performance was affected...

Leeds dubbed ‘King of the Crunch’ as workers eat 480k bags of crisps a day!

17/05/2018 08:05
A survey looking at lunchtime eating habits of UK professionals has found that Leeds is the biggest crisp-eating city – with office workers munching their way through a staggering 480,000 bags a day!

This means that between them, workers consumed a total 125 million bags of crisps last year – equating to 313 bags per person, per year, and six bags per 5-day week, each.

According to online estate agent (who carried out the research), the top five UK crisp eating...

Sodexo to cater for European Rowing and Triathlon Championships

contract, catering, Glasgow
17/05/2018 07:05
Services provider Sodexo has won the contract to deliver catering for the Glasgow 2018 European Rowing Championships and European Triathlon Championships at Strathclyde Country Park – part of the new multi-sport Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

Around 160 elite triathletes and 600 of Europe’s best rowers are expected to compete at the venue between August 2 and 11.

Sodexo will provide nutritionally-balanced meals made from Scottish ingredients to athletes and team officials, technical officials, volunteers, Championships Family...


Paper straws overtake plastic straws in sales

paper, plastic, straws
17/05/2018 07:05
Data from Manchester based catering equipment supplier Stephensons shows that, for the first time since plastic usurped paper as the dominant straw material, paper straws have outsold their plastic counterparts.

The statistics, for the period July 2017 to March 2018, display a continued drop in the sales of plastic straws from Stephensons.

However, there has been a steady increase in the sales of paper straws, with paper sales surpassing those of plastic in March 2018. This marks a growth of 777...



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